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VMworld 2009 Spouse Activities Update

Last year, after attending VMworld with me for the previous two years, my wife Crystal (@crystal_lowe on Twitter) decided to organize some activities for spouses traveling to VMworld 2008. This year she’s volunteered to do it again! If you’re planning on bringing your spouse—or if you are a spouse traveling to San Francisco while your significant other will be attending VMworld 2009–you definitely want to look into joining Crystal for these activities!

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No Such Thing as an End-to-End FCoE Solution

Update: See this follow-up post for more information.

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Are You a VMware Developer?

Are you a VMware developer? If so, you should be looking at attending VMware Technology Exchange Developer Day. Like a few other bloggers, VMware contacted me asking for some help getting word out about this event, which is a developer-focused event tailored for application builders using VMware platforms.

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Don't Forget to Submit Your Question!

Time is running out! As most of you already know, I—along with Chad Sakac, Duncan Epping, Tom Howarth, and Rick Scherer–will be speaking at VMworld 2009 at TA2259, Ask the Experts.

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UCS Training, Day 1 Wrap-Up

The first day of Cisco UCS training here in San Jose, CA, has just wrapped up. The class is providing some useful information so far, but I’m eager to delve deeper. I really hope the material deepens as the course progresses.

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Potential UCS Issue: Northbound FCoE Connectivity

I’m about halfway through the first day of Unified Computing System (UCS) training in San Jose, CA, and I’ve learned of what I think is a fairly significant limitation. The issue centers around what Cisco refers to as “northbound” traffic and how Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is handled with northbound traffic.

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UCS Training This Week

I’ll be in San Jose, CA, all week for hands-on Cisco Unified Computing System training at the old Nuova Systems location. UCS has seen a great deal of attention, but the chance this week to actually get my hands on the UCS equipment will afford me the ability to form a more concrete opinion on the product, its strengths, and its weaknesses (yes, every product has weaknesses).

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New Version of Hyper9 Available

Hyper9 is releasing a new version of their flagship virtualization management product, also of the same name, today. An official announcement of the release from Hyper9 is expected next week. The new version brings numerous enhancements to further expose its functionality to new users.

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New Version of esXpress Supports vSphere

PHD Virtual Technologies, maker of the esXpress backup solution, are today announcing the availability of the latest version of their backup product. esXpress version 3.6 offers support for VMware vSphere 4 and, according to PHD Virtual, also offers improvements for all versions of VMware ESX since version 3.0.2.

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Client-Specific DHCP Options with Linux DHCP Server

Last week, I had a need to present a different set of DHCP options to one specific DHCP client (my iPhone) on my home network. Being the geek that I am, I have a small server set up here at the house running Ubuntu Linux. (You can read about the latest evolution of my home network in this article.) Now, I knew that this was possible using the Windows DHCP server, but I’d never done it with the Linux DHCP server. So, in case you find yourself in a similar situation, here’s how it works.

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